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How to search in conversations

ComputerScienceFilter: What algorithms or existing programs out there are good for searching files with conversation? Say I had the transcripts of every single AOL chatroom conversation. What algorithm would find dialogs about oranges if I searched for "oranges" and rank them according to relevance?
posted by lpctstr; on Jun 25, 2007 - 16 answers

My Spotlight won't shine on me

How can I search for specific strings of text within multiple individual text files in Mac OSX 10.4? [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Jun 14, 2007 - 9 answers

What easy to use (and free) text editor and ftp clients exist for the Mac?

Can anyone recommend some easy HTML editing and uploading tools for a mac? (ftp, text editor) [more inside]
posted by handee on Jun 14, 2007 - 21 answers

Unique word list application needed

I'm looking for a method or application that will create a list of unique words in a large text document (a Word document, currently, but can be changed to accommodate another format). [more inside]
posted by qwip on Jun 4, 2007 - 20 answers

Stop Word from eating my text.

MSWord Filter: Why is Word eating my documents? [more inside]
posted by papakwanz on May 17, 2007 - 12 answers

Can Excel copy text from cell in one worksheet to cell in another?

MS Excel help, please. I'm creating a multi-sheet workbook, and cells on one sheet will contain the same text as cells on another sheet. Is there a way I can avoid having to enter the text on each sheet? Is there a function that will automatically copy text from a cell on one sheet to a cell on another sheet?
posted by msacheson on May 15, 2007 - 7 answers

How to automatically extract graphical content from PDFs?

Are there any software packages or toolkits (preferably open source) available that allow me to automatically extract graphical content (such as pictures, diagrams, graphs, etc.) from batches of PDFs? [more inside]
posted by elbaso on May 9, 2007 - 4 answers

Generating Hyperlinks Automatically?

I would like to automatically generate hypertext links from a list of text. Ideally this would mean pasting a series of comma separated words into some online tool and having the system turn each word into a relevant google/wikipedia link... Does anyone know any sites/tools that will do this? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 4, 2007 - 8 answers

Dance, text files, dance

Which programming language can I learn relatively quickly for simple interpretation and manipulation of text files on my Windows box? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on Apr 12, 2007 - 28 answers

Help me save my poor eyes.

Like most of you, I do a lot of reading online, but notice that some websites default the font size to a teeny, weeny size. I'd like to read these sites at a larger font size, but when I change the default in FF, from say 16 to 18, some pages don't display optimally (text is cut off by images, I need to scroll right to read, etc.) I believe GreaseMonkey can fix this so that the pages will read better at a larger size, but that's just a guess and I'm not sure how to use it. Any tutorials out there?
posted by zardoz on Apr 3, 2007 - 10 answers

Portrait of the Macbook as a river of text

Is it possible to get Macbooks to display in portrait mode? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Mar 26, 2007 - 10 answers

Email to SMS Quickly and Cheaply?

What is the best / cheapest / most reliable Email to SMS service? I want to find out when certain people email me (friends, family, work colleagues), ignoring the spam or the newletters. [more inside]
posted by philsi on Mar 26, 2007 - 7 answers

How to convert a Dynatext book on CD-Rom to something else ?

How can I convert a Dynatext book (with SGML exporting capabilities) to something that can be viewed on a web server ? [more inside]
posted by vincentm on Mar 21, 2007 - 4 answers

Blank message screen on WM5 Smartphone

Help! Opening any text messages or emails displays a blank white screen on my Cingular 2125 (HTC Faraday) Windows Mobile 5 smartphone. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 on Mar 14, 2007 - 4 answers

How to extract relevant terms from text?

How can I extract relevant terms from big chunks of text in a similar style to the Yahoo Term Extraction API? [more inside]
posted by dasfreak on Mar 1, 2007 - 5 answers

Seeking real Java software

How can I find real Java software for a Motorola SLVR L7? I've only ever seen stupid games. I need a PDF reader, a text editor, and a French-English dictionary, or else dictd and a dict client. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Feb 20, 2007 - 5 answers

Typing test website

How can I submit my own text, have it cut up, and use it as a typing test? [more inside]
posted by 913 on Feb 13, 2007 - 1 answer

How can I grab the text (not code) off of a bunch of .htm files?

How can I automatically grab the text (not code) off of a bunch of .htm files? [more inside]
posted by pantufla on Feb 13, 2007 - 16 answers

Short jokes

My wife is working very difficult and stressful night shifts for the next few weeks. To help her keep from becoming emotionally overwhelmed, I like to send her jokes to her text pager. It's quickly become hard to find quality jokes that are short enough, though. Little help? [more inside]
posted by Plutor on Feb 8, 2007 - 57 answers

What word processor will be most intuitive for experimental writing?

What word processing program will allow most easily allow me to do unusual things with form--with the way text appears on the page? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Feb 5, 2007 - 10 answers

How can I improve readability of a low-quality .pdf file?

I'm attempting to transcribe some scanned documents. The quality of the .pdf files is low. Is there a way to play around with the images in order to help me make out the mangled words? [more inside]
posted by moira on Jan 15, 2007 - 7 answers

What is the deal with French books? Have you seen these things?

Why are the spines of French paperback books upside down? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Jan 4, 2007 - 14 answers

How to create text-to-speech in Adobe Flash?

I'm trying to create a Flash application that will accept user-inputted text, then turn it into cheesy computer-generated speech. I'm hoping there's a Flash library or pre-built application that does this, but I haven't been able to find such a thing. I would prefer the final app be in Flash, but I am open to other solutions. Cost not an issue.
posted by phonepimpster on Jan 2, 2007 - 2 answers

Reformatting pasted text

Coding question: What is the best/easiest way to preserve typographical formatting (like nbsp's, line breaks) of pasted text that will be stored in a database and later displayed in boxes of arbitrary size? [more inside]
posted by shownomercy on Dec 31, 2006 - 6 answers

REGEXpert help needed!

Regex experts: I need a regular expression to help trim some lines in a text file. I haven't done regex in some time and I'm not having any luck with this. Hope it'll be easy for a wiz. [more inside]
posted by Tubes on Dec 14, 2006 - 10 answers

What is the fastest way to trasfer some pages from an old physical book to a searchable computer text file?

What is the fastest way to trasfer pages from an old physical book to a searchable computer text file? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru on Dec 5, 2006 - 14 answers

How to twist the words of others to my own dire purposes?

I want to create a web application in which the user enters text into a field and clicks on a submit button, and the text is then altered based on a set of conditions and given back to the user. What's the easiest way of doing this? I have a vague idea that I should use Perl and CGI. I don't know Perl or CGI, but I do know a bit of Java, a bit about servlets and JSPs, some Visual Basic, and quite a bit about http. [more inside]
posted by bingo on Nov 29, 2006 - 13 answers

Which online banks offer text messaging?

Do any United States credit cards/banks send text alerts when transactions take place? I am looking for one that will send me a text alert when something is charged or withdrawn from my accounts. Are any online banks especially savvy and up to date on such things (even if they don't offer text)? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Nov 3, 2006 - 10 answers

Is there a way to search for otherwise-unsearchable text elements on a webpage?

Is there a firefox plugin that will allow me to search ALL text on a webpage including dropdown menus and otherwise unsearchable fields? [more inside]
posted by hypocritical ross on Oct 23, 2006 - 8 answers

Access Memo to Text, baby

Access Field question: On a linked ODBC table, I have part number information in a MEMO field, in this format: xx-xxx-xxxx. I would like to make this a TEXT field so that I can link it to another ITEM field that is associated with cost data. How can I do this in a query? Thanks
posted by strangelove on Oct 21, 2006 - 5 answers

Rotation For the Stupid

Best way to rotate an image or text into 3d space? [more inside]
posted by Malor on Aug 19, 2006 - 6 answers

How to convert text to an image?

How can I convert few lines of text to a png or gif image? (With perl/python/ruby). Need it for a web-site to make text not copy-able.
posted by chexov on Aug 18, 2006 - 12 answers

Choking on search logs

Trying to open a 200MB .txt file on my Win2KPro machine, and all I get is hard drive spinning, CPU cycling, but nothing opening... [more inside]
posted by LGCNo6 on Aug 16, 2006 - 10 answers

Translation Help Please

Please help me translate from English to Latin. [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 on Jul 24, 2006 - 25 answers

pdf form text field lines limit

I want to limit the number of lines that users can input in a printable pdf form text field so that there is no overflow/scroll bars or auto-resizing of the text. How can i do that? [more inside]
posted by FidelDonson on Jul 19, 2006 - 2 answers

Cheaper cellphone texting from the UK to the USA.

How can I save money sending hundreds of SMS messages (and making occasional phonecalls) from my UK mobile phone to a USA cell? [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Jul 16, 2006 - 9 answers

How do I flip my textbox?

How can I flip text horizontally, without converting it into a picture? [more inside]
posted by szechuan on Jun 25, 2006 - 10 answers

Homesite vs. Ultraedit for general coding?

Any thoughts on Homesite vs. UltraEdit? Looking to purchase one of them... [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Jun 9, 2006 - 11 answers

Help me append a line to a text file in a WebDAV directory from a php script

I want to append a line of text to the end of a text file in a password protected WebDAV directory on my webserver from a normal php webpage outside this directory. Can this be done? [more inside]
posted by ontic on May 25, 2006 - 6 answers

Getting into 'flow' in Windows?

Flow-creating, full-screen, web-killin' creative tools for Windows? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on May 23, 2006 - 6 answers

text-to-voice

so my friend is trying to locate an online service whereby one can type a message to a phone number over the web, and an operator than reads that message to the other end over the phone. So essentially its a computer text-to-voice over phone service, it may be intended for deaf-blind individuals. any ideas?
posted by Kifer85 on May 6, 2006 - 13 answers

How to get NFL draft day text message updates.

Help me get text message alert updates for the NFL draft this weekend. [more inside]
posted by samh23 on Apr 27, 2006 - 3 answers

Going MUDding

I'd like to join a text-based RPG MUD. [more inside]
posted by aebaxter on Apr 10, 2006 - 14 answers

Split RTF files

What is the best way to split an RTF file? [more inside]
posted by megatherium on Mar 28, 2006 - 5 answers

burning text onto images

I wanted to create a banner image for a blog and wanted to take a jpg image and 'burn' some text into it (using different typefaces) -- anyone know the best way to do this? I don't have photoshop -- is there any other way? (I own an ibook)
posted by dearleader on Mar 25, 2006 - 7 answers

understanding comic books

A friend of mine recently told me that she can't read comic books. She doesn't have problems with understanding text or visual information. She's been a voracious book reader since a very early age and she's a dedicated film watcher. I didn't entirely understand her explanation but she says that she never learn to decode the tight coupling of textual and visual information in comic books. Has anyone heard about or experienced something similar? [more inside]
posted by rdr on Mar 20, 2006 - 23 answers

How do I turn recorded speech into text?

What is the easiest way to turn a recorded interview into text? [more inside]
posted by janecr on Mar 20, 2006 - 15 answers

Photoshop help?

Photoshop help...Can you wrap text around an object in Photoshop 7.0? [more inside]
posted by djstig on Mar 8, 2006 - 14 answers

Script-fu for arbitrary selectable text across applications. Possibilites?

Script-fu for arbitary text: Across applications (but especially in text editors) I want to be able to (a) right click on a bit of selected text (b) have the usual contextual menu pop up upon doing so, but with options to (c) send said text to an arbitrary script (perl, python, whatever) and (d) potentially have the selected text replaced by script results, if the context is right. What are my best options for both the Mac and Windows? [more inside]
posted by namespan on Feb 25, 2006 - 10 answers

Add "http://" Prefix to a List of Domains Formatted in Plain Text :: How Please?

Hi, hoping some MS Excel or HTML wizards can help me out with this. The goal is as follows; format a list of domain names so I can publish them on a webpage with hyperlinks to their individual addresses (currently they are all in Excel with each domain occupying a single cell in a single row; they are currently formatted like this: "domain.com"). There are just to many to go through and add this to each one. [more inside]
posted by Jhaus on Feb 21, 2006 - 8 answers

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